The BeWOW Breakdown: A Workout You Can Knock Out in Under 30 Minutes

A workout that's done in under 30 minutes and isn't too tough. Also known as the perfect weekend workout.

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This Week’s Workout: The 29-Minute Challenge


The Breakdown

Total time commitment: 30-35 minutes
Difficulty (out of five): 3
Soreness factor: This workout went by quickly and wasn’t too hard, but we were a touch sore in our shoulders and calves the next day.
Overall grade (out of 5): 3.5. If you’re looking for a quick workout that isn’t too tough, this is for you!

Our first impressions: 

Alon, Rebecca, and Emma were admittedly perplexed as to where we could complete this entire workout with all of the equipment needs (bar, weights, mat, ball). And for those of us who cannot do a pull-up (*cough Rebecca cough*), we needed to have a place to do other things in compensation for that lack of brute upper body swole strength. Other than that, we were really excited for this workout.

How we felt afterward: 

This workout was done so quickly, taking us just 29 minutes! And by us, we mean just Emma and Rebecca, as Alon decided he needed to sleep in a touch more with his pup, Ruby, as a pillow. If you’ve seen Ruby, though, you’ll understand. Thanks to Penn’s graduation and summer starting, the gym was empty enough for Emma and Rebecca to work out with all of the equipment needed. It was a fun workout that didn’t get us too sweaty or beat by the end, but we felt it was good and our calf and shoulder soreness agreed with that sentiment he next day.

About our testers: 

Rebecca Barber is the founder of the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run, a just-for-fun 50K run that follows Rocky Balboa’s footsteps in Rocky II. She’s a 16x marathoner and 14x ultra marathoner, having started running when she was a kid. She’s an active volunteer with Back on My Feet Philadelphia, where she works to help the homeless community use running as a means to better their lives and find stable employment and housing. When not running all the miles, she is the social media coordinator for The Wharton School.

Alon Abramson is the founder of the West Philly Runners, the creator of RunPhil.ly – a web resource for running in Philadelphia – and the organizer of a number of running events in Philly, including the annual 26×1 Mile Team Marathon Relay, Beat the Bus, and Beat the Commute. Running since high school, Alon is an on-again, off-again runner with ebbs and flows to his mileage and commitment. More recently however, he’s taken a new approach to training, emphasizing cross-training and speed work as much as building up mileage and this has dramatically improved his running performance. When he’s not organizing and running, Alon works as a research project manager at Penn’s Institute for Urban Research, studying energy efficiency best practices. He’s on a number of non-profit boards and works on his whole-home retrofit project whenever there’s free time.

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